An iconic hotel opposite the Gateway of India in Mumbai, the Taj Palace is as much a tourist attraction as the Gateway is. While the Heritage wing of the hotel is more known, the adjoining Towers is this review about.
Rooms here are without a question among the best around and it goes without elaborating that everything is top-notch. Typically, rooms 2-9 in each floor look straight out at the Gateway, while the rest look either exactly behind the hotel or to one side.
Surprisingly for such a high-standard hotel, food is not astronomically priced. The breakfast leans more towards western taste-buds than Indian, but it is hardly a crib. The lobby is brilliantly-decked, with a lavish floral arrangement to go with well-laid out seating.
Security checks are understandable, and the guards are very cordial to make it better.
Great ambiance. Well-furnished rooms and, if you are lucky, can get a good view of the Gateway and the sea past it. Food is good but so are the options around the hotel if you want to save on some money. Staff don't go annoyingly overboard while tending to guests which is a major relief. They are extremely helpful when you need them though. Take the Heritage tour of the hotel at 5 in the evening.
Frankly, I cannot find a fault in anything once you are inside the hotel. But for a place that was built as a fiery response to the bias of another hotel against Indians, it does practice a bit of the same these days. If you aren't a foreigner, or don't alight from an expensive car, or don't wear clothes fit for a page 3 celebrity, you will definitely be stopped and asked about your credentials. While not exactly a problem if you stay for a day or two, it becomes a pain for regular visitors who are stopped every day.